(1) Purchase of used equipment is allowable if in the best interest of the state.

(2) Unless justified as sole source or exigency, the award of the contract will be made by identifying the requirements and proceeding with the competitive bidding or proposal process, pursuant to ARM 2.5.601.

(3) Criteria to consider in making this determination include:

(a) consideration of the type, use, and life expectancy of new versus used equipment;

(b) comparing the purchase price of new and used equipment;

(c) comparing the price and general condition of used equipment among several vendors;

(d) consideration of the freight charges and FOB point;

(e) investigation of manufacturer or brand and availability of warranty, maintenance, and parts; and

(f) clarification of payment terms.

History: 18-4-221, MCA; IMP, 18-4-221, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 242, Eff. 2/28/86; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 1770, Eff. 9/14/90; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 2481, Eff. 10/28/94; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1657, Eff. 10/26/07.